Re: Stupid Sherman model question..
- There are options for the old Mongram "beater". The M4 isn't too bad
if you give it a LOT of work. The M4A1 "Screaming Mimi" has the
wider M34A1 gun mount, while the M4 "Hedgehog" kit has the early
verion. One can swap gun mounts and have an M4A1, direct vision,
with early gun mount riding on M3-style bogies. A pretty good start
for Tunisia or Sicily (or even one of those that showed up again in
the Seventh Army near the end of the war). The wide gun mount can be
traded to the M4. Add putty or applique to the front of the driver's
hoods, and add hull applique. Get a Forces Of Valor diecast and
plastic M4A3 for the straight arm VVSS and decent T48 track. Either
build new aircleaners or rob them from a 21st Century Toys M4. The
21C toy/model can also donate the M34A1 gun mount if you don't have
an M4A1 laying around. It could donate the suspension, but 21C
develpoed it from a Tamiya kit, so it has raised arm return rollers.
You could take the T34 rocket launcher from the M4A1 kit and add it
to your newly modified M4 to get a more typical M4 with Calliope.
Lots of possibilities!
I used parts from 21C and FoV with the Monogram T34 launcher to get a
Sherman Calliope for my 1/32nd toy soldiers display. It's no contest
model, but it sure was fun to fool around with.
By the way, in the US both 21st Century and Forces of Valor vehicles
have been marketed at WalMart under their Motorworks label. That
brings the price down on the parts donors.
(stil haven't outgrown 1/32nd scale)
- Hi, Steve,
That kit basically took the old M3 hull and gave it more mileage! It
was fun though! You would want to do something with the air cleaners on
the hull rear. Technically, you could have a tank the made it to Europe
with the M3 style old bogies, but I have never seen a picture with one
have the rocket launcher and the older bogies. You might want to see
about pirating some bogies from an old Tamiya M10 or M36. They are
simple, but about 1/32 scale.
Steve Youschak wrote:
> Hello all,
> Not a bolt-counter, just a huge Sherman fan with a question; recall the old
> Monogram 1/32nd kit of the M4A1 DV hulled, M3-bogied "Calliope" model?...
> All accuracy of execution issues of the kit itself aside, would this Sherman
> configuration in the kit be fact or fiction? Late mantlet, M3 bogies, DV
> hull - and rockets?
> I ask because I build anything Sherman in any scale, and I have two of these
> on the shelf, I figured I'd build one as the rocket tank as it would be so
> interesting, and the other as a gun-tank.
> Thanks in advance!
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